The Gang Culture Of Los Angeles

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Raymond Washington, a 15 year-old student at Fremont High School started what would later become known as the Crips in 1969. After much of the Black Panther power base was eliminated and as other social and political groups became ineffective in Los Angeles, Washington, who was too young to participate in the Panther movement during the 1960s, but absorbed much of the Panther rhetoric of community control of neighborhoods fashioned his quasi-political organization after the Panther's militant style by sporting the popular black leather jackets of the time. In addition to emulating the Panther appearance, Washington also admired an older gang that remained active throughout the 1960s called the Avenues, led by Craig and Robert Munson. He decided to name his new quasi-political organization the Baby Avenues (aka Avenue Cribs) to represent a new generation of youths.

Raymond Washington
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Raymond Lee Washington (August 14, 1953 – August 9, 1979) was the original founder of the notorious South Central Los Angeles street gang that came to be known as the Crips.
Washington is said to have first started his gang, the Baby Avenues, which became the Avenue Cribs before the name evolved into the Crips, because he wanted to form a group that could protect their territory in South Central and keep troublemakers and more violent gangs out.
He disliked guns and held to the belief that fist fighting and unarmed combat was the best way to resolve differences. By the time of his death, however, his influence on the gang had diminished and guns had become widely used. Washington's murder was committed with a sawed-off shotgun, and has remained unsolved.

Tookie Williams
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One of the Co founders of the Crips. Sometimes referred to as the king crip, was brought in to unify the gang. IN 1979 he was convicted on four counts of murder which were linked to a spree of robberies. He spent the rest of his life in jail, where he was reformed and wrote several books to guide youth away from gangs. Was executed in 2005 by methods of lethal injections.

Drug Trafficking
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Crips become very involved int he distribution of crack in the early 1980's. This was a large reason for the nationwhide and eventually world wide expansion of the gang.

Crip on Crip Violence

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By 1971, a gang on Piru Street in Compton, California, known as the Piru Street Boys was formed and associated themselves with the Crips as a set. After two years of peace, a feud began between the Piru Street Boys and the other Crip sets. It would later turn violent as gang warfare ensued between former allies. This battle continued and by 1973, the Piru Street Boys wanted to end the violence and called a meeting with other gangs that were targeted by the Crips. After a long discussion, the Pirus broke all connections to the Crips and started an organization that would later be called the Bloods, a street gang infamous for its rivalry with the Crips.
Since then, other conflicts and feuds were started between many of the remaining sets of the Crips gang. It is a popular misconception that Crips sets feud only with Bloods. In reality, they fight each other — for example, the Rollin' 60s and 83rd Street Gangster Crips have been rivals since 1979. In Watts, Los Angeles, the Grape Street Watts Crips and the P Jay Crips have feuded so much that the P Jay Crips even teamed up with the local Bloods set, the Bounty Hunter Bloods, to fight against the Grape Street Crips.

Gangster Rap

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Notorious for mainstreaming Gangster rap in the early 90's with hits like straight out of Compton NWA mainstreamed the gangster lifestyle, by adding catchy beats, and great delivery they created a lifestyle, tho vicious accepted by mainstream America